Naomi Maki

Article about the exhibition "TRANSCENDING THE IMPERMANENCE"

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Русское искусство
Культурная дипломатия

"Японские сады и русские иконы"

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Article about the exhibition "THE INVISIBLE WORLD" in Moscow
This exhibition brings together two artists - a Russian and a Japanese, and presents two different ways of looking at the world. However, upon closer inspection, it turns out they have more in common than differences. "The Invisible World" - by this definition, which is unlimited by any static terminology, different cultures have always symbolized the invisible but existentially significant for the human sphere that can only be revealed to priests ... and artists. Moreover, not every artist, but those who are able to reach not only the highest peaks of mastery, but also become the carrier of the universal knowledge about the world, which eventually spills over into various forms of creative work. So you can see in this exhibition two artists working in different techniques and even of different kinds of art, in which they show every side of their talent to the full extent. This exhibition focuses on the artistic experience of these authors.

The Russian painter AlexeyVaulin - a bright and variously talented master: he works with painting and drawing, explores himself as a theatre artist and develops ideas for sculpture compositions. His style is in constant evolution but for more than a decade the abstract direction in his works has been winning special power and independence. Abstract works of Alexis Vaulina are always recognizable: his works have a special internal structure and express the personal attitude of the author, woven out of a variety of theories and, in particular, under the influence of Eastern philosophy. And yet in Alexei's works you can catch the powerful national theme: all those ideas (from cosmism and original philosophy to the free emotional form-creating and freedom of color) and means of expression that agitated the minds of the Russian artistic school that has always kept its face.

The Japanese artist Naomi Maki goes beyond her traditional cultural concepts of the world. This original master of painting and drawing, singer and composer has lived in various parts of the world and multiculturalism has become one of the determinative qualities of her art. Naomi has an amazing talent to grasp accurately the fundamental characteristics of the phenomena which interest her - be it elements of national culture or states of existence that inspire her: a look, a sound, a moment, some situation. This precision originates from the ability to drop aside all minor points and look at the essence of things, which means, at the "invisible world", which is reflected so variously in visible forms. This is a true artist of "states" - volatile, elusive, fleeting moments but at the same time the ones that move us to the very depths of our souls and change something in us forever. According to the artist, it is through these transitory yet important for the spiritual experience states that we can "peek behind the eternity," that invisible world, which is infinite and incomprehensible in other ways. This effort to reflect most fundamental emotional characteristics of beautiful fleeting moments of being makes the art of Naomi Maki particularly metaphorical. After all, everything is important here: weave thickness in canvas, for which the master uses a special fabric with addition of a metallic thread, as well as the choice of instrument which at the moment of creative impulse can take the form of practically anything (in addition to common brushes) like knives of different shapes, small bits of glass or plastic. Everything comes to life in her hands and transmits its energy to the work, the reason for this is that each component of the composition is stored indefinitely with respect, emphasizing its natural beauty and energy. For example, a linen canvas is full of artistic media, alongside with paints and special materials (foil, mirrors) that add texture and radiance to the work. Large fragments of the works are left empty to show the free canvas space. These "empty" spaces emphasize the rhythm and calligraphic beauty of colored lines and reflect the typical in oriental philosophy idea that "everything is based on emptiness," which in fact turns out to be viviparous substance full of energy. These precise characteristics, calligraphic style, very subtle inner structure of the works, their grace and skill to convey the fragility of the volatile instants of beauty show that Naomi Maki, despite her multicultural attitude to the world, is strikingly "Japanese", taking care to preserve the traditional Japanese line of art with its special treatment of the world and moments of beauty.

In spite of the cosmopolitanism which is common for modern authors, it is fascinating to find original national concepts delicately woven into the origin of their work. Thanks to them, the work of art always retains the emotional intensity, the internal essence. This invisible world of the work of art allows us to see even in abstract forms our own and intuitively comprehensible origin. In such a way the national meets the universal - somewhere on the thin line between the world of the visible and the invisible.